Chennai: The deadly coronavirus today snatched away another life in Tamilnadu, after a 51-year-old person, who was hospitalised after returning from Tablighi Jamaat conference in Delhi, died in Villupuram.
Sources said he was getting treatment at the Government Villupuram Medical College & Hospital. “His condition worsened this morning and he breathed his last without responding to treatment,” sources added. With this, the death toll in Tamilnadu due to Covid-19 has touched 2. Another person too died in Cuddalore today, but the reason behind his death was being probed.
Meanwhile, with the fresh surge in coronavirus cases sending shock waves among the people of Tamilnadu, Health Secretary Beela Rajesh has said the State is still in stage 2 only.
Three out of 376 persons, who were admitted to hospitals for severe acute respiratory infection (SARI), have tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Tamilnadu. This shows that the State is still in Stage 2 of COVID-19 transmission, she said.
“With more number of positive cases being reported, we lifted samples (throat and nasal swabs and blood) from 376 persons who had SARI and tested them simultaneously. Only three of them, who had contact with COVID-19 patients, tested positive. What this shows is that we are still in Stage 2 and community spread of COVID-19 has not yet happened,” she added.
Tamilnadu a saw a quantum increase in fresh coronavirus cases as 102 people tested positive on a single day Thursday, taking the total number of COVID cases to 411. This was disclosed by Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar in his Twitter post.
A majority of the cases were linked to Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi, which was seen as the epicentre. Tamilnadu’s corona cases were the highest in the country ahead of Maharashtra and Kerala.